We can often point to a time when we realised God was real, for many Christians this is a turning point in their lives. We have a sense of what life used to be and what life is now. I also know many people who have grown up in the faith and feel that they can't point to one of these times, but I would encourage you to think back to the time when you made the decision to have your own faith and not live off the faith of others because these points are significant for us, they will help us to carry on in our faith when times get tough. They will remind us, constantly, of the impact that God's love and power can make in someone's life.
One thing that has really struck me recently is something that is quite a simple truth, but just mind blowing when you begin to think about it, that is that even before that point God knew us and loved us. I'm not going to go down the predestination line here, but if we read Psalm 139 we see the God says he created us, he knew us before we were born, he gave us the gifts and skills that we need to live the life that God gave us to live. He knows the number of our days and only he knows that.
The certainty that passage gives us is that we are created by God for God and we can entrust our lives to him. We also trust that at some point God will call us to be with him for eternity. This is another truth them at we hear a lot and can often take for granted.
This, again, is something that has really blown my mind again this week. We know that we will spend eternity with God but what does that actually mean? It means that there is literally no end to our relationship with God, time will not effect our relationship. The words of the well known hymn Amazing Grace say "When we’ve been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun, We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise, Than when we’d first begun." I find this amazing, truly mind blowing. Our lives are set in time, we can not think outside of time which is why this promise of eternity is something so unbelievable for many people. God has called us into an eternal, never ending, continual relationship with him that will last longer than we can ever ever imagine. When we've been with him for 10,000 years we will have no less time to be with him than we did in those 10,000 years previously.
So what difference does this truth make to our lives? If there is literally no end to our relationship with God we should be living fearless and courageous life where we are willing to risk everything to see the glory of God revealed to all humanity. Why? Because even if this body dies we are still in an eternal relationship with God.
God promises to equip us to do the things that he calls us to do, we are not acting in our own power rather the power of Christ. There is no limit to what we can do when we have christ at the centre of our lives (as long as we are in unity with Christ.) Why are you fearful of doing what God calls you to? Why are you scared of what might happen if you carry out what God has called you to do?